These recommendations are tailored for organizations and clubs such as libraries, planetariums, science centers, astronomy clubs, and scout troops.
Children may not immediately identify with this difficult topic; in order to attract and keep their attention, event and workshop titles should capture the exciting aspects of gravity, such as the incredibly powerful force that pulls the planets around the Sun.
Events related to this topic could incorporate speakers-such as local scientists (physics departments from nearby universities). You may want to host an observing session with help from local astronomical societies, planetariums and museums, and NASA Solar System Ambassadors -- ask them to join your events and share their experiences or resources with the children.
Be sure to submit photographs, artwork, music, or words of your community enjoying your activities to Share Your Stories.
| Heavyweight Champion: Jupiter || The students explore gravity and its relationship to weight by weighing themselves on scales modified to represent weights on other worlds, and compare the features of different planets to determine which characteristics cause a planet to have more or less gravity. |
| Microgravity in the Classroom || This activity consists of three demonstrations that create microgravity conditions by freefall. |